Getting the Most Out of Your Actors, er, Team Members in eDiscovery Projects: eDiscovery Best Practices

Just as in a theatre play where every actor contributes to the play’s success, every team member in a discovery project contributes to the success of the project in terms of your ability to accomplish the discovery objectives on time and on budget.  In a recent post by Doug Kaminski of Cobra Legal Solutions, he discusses some best practices for how you can be sure that you’re getting the most out of your team’s efforts in eDiscovery projects, down to each member of the team.

Doug’s article There are No Small Parts starts by referencing the saying attributed to “the father of modern acting”, which is: “there are no small parts, only small actors.”  That’s not only true in the theatre or in movies, it’s also true in eDiscovery projects, where the project manager is the “director”.  Many eDiscovery projects can involve potentially dozens of team members (or even more).  Take the Review phase, which is the phase where the most human resources tend to be applied, which generally makes it (by far) the most expensive phase in eDiscovery.

So, what info do you need to track the activity associated with your personnel resources?  How do you get that info when you need it?  And who is “the father of modern acting”?  I won’t steal Cobra Legal Solutions’ (and Doug’s) thunder, you can check out the article here on the specifics.


So, what do you think?  How do you get the most out of your actors, er, team members in eDiscovery projects?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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